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APRIL 29, 1914




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Wednesday, April 29, 1914. The committee met at 10.15 o'clock a. m., Hon. Scott Ferris (chairman) presiding.

There were present before the committee Mr. Adolph C. Miller, Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior; Mr. W. B. Acker, assistant attorney in the office of the Secretary of the Interior, and Mr. H. S. Graves, Chief Forester, Department of Agriculture.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. Gentlemen of the committee, we have specially set down for this morning H. R. 104, introduced by Judge Raker of California, who has a favorable report on it from the Interior Department and likewise from the Department of Agriculture. I have not had time to read the report yet. Might it not be well to read it so that we can get it into the record at this point ?

Mr. RAKER. I suggest that the bill be read here.

The CHAIRMAN. Without objection, H. R. 104 will appear in the record at this point.

(The bill is as follows:)

(H. R. 104, Sixty-third Congress, first session.]

A BILL To establish a national park service, and for other purpose.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby established in the Department of the Interior a bureau to be called the national park service, which shall be under the charge of a director, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall receive a salary of $6,000 per annum; and there shall also be in said service such experts, assistants, and other employees as may from time to time be authorized by Congress.

Sec. 2. That the director shall, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, have the supervision, management, and control of the several national parks, the national monuments, the Hot Springs Reservation in the State of Arkansas, lands reserved or acquired by the United States because of their historical associations, and such other national parks, national monuments, or reservations of like character as may hereafter be created or authorized by Congress.

SEC. 3. That there is hereby appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for the general expenses of the national park service, including the pay of the director and the necessary experts, assistants, and other employees at Washington, District of Columbia, and in the field, and other expenses requisite for and incidental to the general work of the national park service, whether at WashingLon, District of Columbia, or in the field, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, the sum of $75,000, be immediately available.

SEC. 4. That the Secretary of the Interior shall make and publish such rules and regulations as he may deem necessary and proper, not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States, for the management, use, care, and preservation of such parks, monuments, and reservations, and for the protection of property and improvements, game, and natural scenery, curiosities, and resources therein; and any violation of the provisions of this act or of such rules and regulations shall be punished as is provided for in section fifty of the act entitled “An act to codify, revise,


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